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Answered 2007-10-08 08:22:16

Causes of shortness of breath in the elderly: * Heart disorders * Lung disorders (such as emphazema) cancer. The elderly are more prone to bronchitis and pneumonia. * Lack of exercise. These are a few reasons. If you feel the person's skin is cold, clammy, a gray or yellow tinge to their skin, eyes are not fixed (meaning they can't follow your finger) then call the ambulance immediately.

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